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I'm on a feature that takes place exclusively in a prison. I have all the big libraries that have prison fx... I've had them forever and am feeling like I want something new.

Anyone got any good ideas on what's out there? I've been having trouble finding anything beyond individual FX from the likes of sound-dogs and whatnot. For what it's worth, it's a U.S., male prison. Thanks a lot!

  • and unfortunately, going to a prison and recording isn't doable due to schedule/budget constraints, otherwise that'd by all means be my go-to – brainspin Feb 6 '15 at 15:23
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If you're looking for mechanics, latches, doors, cells and the like (and not simply male prison walla), I had a lot of luck recently with a really reverberant park bathroom and doing a lot of door slams, locks, metal manipulation in there.

Slowing those down to half speed doubles the reverb time / sense of space and bulks up the sound of the mechanics as well. Definitely a viable replacement for the tired old jail libraries we've all got kicking around.

Let me know if you want me to send you over a few files, or give it a spin yourself!

  • Add to that, if you have access to Altiverb or similar, you could record just the ambiences, then you can use any dry effect with your custom ambience – Tetsujin Feb 7 '15 at 10:14
  • that's a great idea, I can definitely see that working. Yeah, if you wouldn't mind sending some over, I'd greatly appreciate it! – brainspin Feb 11 '15 at 23:09
  • Sure! Here they are, at normal speed and slowed down 200%. mega.co.nz/… mega.co.nz/… Let me know when you've got them. – lucafusi Feb 15 '15 at 5:24

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